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  1. Video: Monta Ellis game winner. Clutch.

    Jan 20, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Golden State Warriors

    Monta Ellis may well get left out of the All-Star Game, and it will be an injustice when it happens. (And then you will look at the guards you would have had to knock out of the game to get him there, and you will shrug and say it’s impossible.) He got the Warriors the…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: When good games are overshadowed by the ‘Melodrama

    Jan 20, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    Magic Celebrate

    What you missed while reading the story about Deadspin in GQ… Nets 103, Jazz 95: “Melo? We don’t need no stinkin’ Melo” In what in some ways seemed like an anti-climactic game, was “Russian Culture” night in New Jersey. That motivated Andrei Kirilenko who came out fast. But once the game settled down this was…

  3. Owners, players may not talk CBA All-Star Weekend. Can you say lockout?

    Jan 20, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    At the start of the season, David Stern said that come All-Star Weekend in February, we’d have a better idea where the owners and players stood in talking about a new Collective Bargaining Agreemement and if we were headed to a lockout. After months of smaller meetings and discussion, that weekend is when everyone would…

  4. Brandon Jennings out, DeMar DeRozan in for Dunk Contest

    Jan 20, 2011, 8:05 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    The foot surgery that has kept Brandon Jennings out of the Milwaukee Bucks lineup since before Christmas now will keep him out of the All-Star Dunk contest as well. The change will become official on Thursday, with last year’s Dunk Contest runner-up, DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, taking Jennings place, according to Jonathan Abrams…

  5. Carmelo Anthony talks Nets, says he told them nothing

    Jan 20, 2011, 2:09 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony dunk

    When reporters descended on him postgame, Carmelo Anthony still hadn’t seen the press conference where  Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov pulled the plug on trade discussions that would have sent Anthony to New Jersey. (It’s understandable, Anthony had been a tad busy dropping 35 on the Thunder in a Nugget win). Still his post-game comments sounded…

  6. Troy Murphy requests trade from Nets, given leave from team

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    Nets_Murphy

    Troy Murphy — and his $12 million expiring contract — will not be part of a Carmelo Anthony trade, it appears. But he will be part of some trade. He has requested a trade from the Nets and was told to stay at home away from the team until GM Billy King can arraign that,…

  7. Winderman: Welcome to ‘Melodrama, Part II

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:09 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Sacramento Kings

    Now comes Part II of the Melo melodrama, and this could be even more intriguing. Not by volume, of course. The next incarnation won’t be a 15-player package. Rather, it will be fascinating to see just how much a team is willing to ante up for a potential four-month rental. In many ways, Anthony could…

  8. Now what for Carmelo Anthony? Denver?

    Jan 19, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Denver Nuggets

    A trade between Denver and New Jersey for Carmelo Anthony always made sense — for Denver and New Jersey. Anthony never seemed all that interested, the fact he wanted to meet with Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov to be sold on the team does not make him sound like a guy who wanted to go there.…

  9. Mo Williams out 2-3 weeks

    Jan 19, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

    Mo Williams

    Somehow “when it rains, it pours” doesn’t quite do justice to the season the 2010-11 Cavaliers are having. The Cavaliers were the worst team in basketball when they were healthy and starting Mo Williams, Daniel Gibson, Anthony Parker, Antawn Jamison, and Anderson Varejao. Now Varejao is out for the year, Gibson is set to return…

  10. Nets walk away from Carmelo Anthony trade

    Jan 19, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Cavaliers Nuggets Basketball

    Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has told Nets management to walk away from all Carmelo Anthony negotiations. He has reportedly cancelled a meeting with Anthony, and says his decision is final. The Denver Post has a recap of what Prokhorov said during a pre-game news conference on Wednesday about his decision to walk away from the table: “There…

  11. Here are the 2011 NBA All-Star Jerseys

    Jan 19, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    West All-Star Jersey

    The NBA Store has just started selling replica jerseys for the 2011 All-Star game, which means we get our first look at what the jerseys are going to look like. Take a look, and don’t hesitate to pick them up if you like them and have an extra $250 lying around. The All-Star game will…

  12. Phil Jackson thinks the Celtics will win the East

    Jan 19, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    Legendary coach Phil Jackson has never been shy about using the media to take not-so-sly shots at rival teams, players, and coaches, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to stop any time soon. In an interview with ESPN 710’s Max Kellerman earlier today, Jackson said that he thinks the Boston Celtics will win the…

  13. Nate Robinson working at Chipotle

    Jan 19, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    Nate Robinson Marquis Daniels

    Want to know where NBA players often eat? The Cheesecake Factory is the most discussed. But a lot of players are also big fans of Chipotle, the chain of burrito restaurants. Freshly made, big portions that are filling, you can make sure it is pretty healthy, not going to spend all your per diem on…

  14. It’s time to end this ‘Melo drama

    Jan 19, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz, Game 6

    It’s time. Carmelo Anthony and the will he/won’t he, New Jersey or New York (or Chicago) drama, it’s been an entertaining little sideshow to the NBA season. Some nice garlic mashed potatoes next to the rare prime rib. But for everyone involved, this saga has reached the point of diminishing returns. With the arrival Wednesday…

  15. Report: Melo’s reps push Bulls to get back in trade mix

    Jan 19, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    Right now, there is little truth around Carmelo Anthony, just negotiating tactics. For example, steps by Anthony’s reps to create the illusion of demand, to pressure parties into agreeing to a deal. Carmelo Anthony’s representatives are pushing the Chicago Bulls to get back in the trade bidding for the Nuggets star, according to Adrian Wojnarowski…

  16. Lil’ Wayne smacks LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Jan 19, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show

    Rapper Lil’ Wayne is one of the handful of those lucky Americans who can afford courtside NBA seats — thank you very much “Lollipop.” But when you’re paying for those seats, say to see the Miami Heat take on the New Orleans Hornets, you expect a little respect. Especially when everyone else was smacking LeBron…

  17. Knicks are no playoff lock, Mike D’Antoni warns

    Jan 19, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Phoenix Suns

    Life is good when you’re a New York Knick and you are winning. And they are winning, more than nearly everyone expected. We thought we here at PBT were a little optimistic saying in our season preview they would win 38 this season. Right now, the Knicks are on pace for 44-45 wins. Their point…

  18. Anthony Morrow should be back with Nets this weekend… if he’s still a Net then

    Jan 19, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

    anthony morrow

    Anthony Morrow’s hamstring will have kept him out of the lineup for 17 games as of Wednesday night. If you don’t think that has impacted the Nets, you haven’t watched Stephen Graham play the two guard. But Morrow is expected to return this weekend to the team, maybe by Friday night, according to the twitter…

  19. Caron Butler hopes to be back for the playoffs

    Jan 19, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs, Game 3

    The Dallas Mavericks have missed Caron Butler. It’s been hard to tell because they missed Dirk Nowitzki so much for the nine games he was out, then he returns and they miss Tyson Chandler for two games due to the flu — and not so coincidentally their defense turns into, um, organic fertilizer while he…

  20. Magic GM on Celtics: “They act tough. They’re not really tough.”

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    To borrow a line from Inigo in The Princess Bride, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” The word of the day is tough. As in who is tough in the NBA? Magic General Manager Otis Smith does not think the Boston Celtics qualify, as he…

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